Title: The Zanzibar Chest: A Memoir of Love and War
Author: Aiden Hartley
Published: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 446
Rating: 2/5

This is the story of the author, a journalist, who grew up and spent most of his life in Africa, as well as the story of his ancestors and their experience on the continent.

I've had this book on my shelf for quite some time, wanting to read it but leaving it for the right time, until I was in one of those moods where I don't know what I want to read. I'd saved it because I was so sure I was going to enjoy it, but alas, I was disappointed.

In short terms, the story is great but the way it's told is, in my opinion, lacking. There are fascinating things happening, but generally I was distracted by a dislike for the narrator and the way he was telling the story. The whole premise has such great potential, but I generally just found it a bit... just lacking. To me, I could find very little depth and reflection in general, which I think does this whole book and history an injustice.

It's a story that deserves to be told, just better. I am, however, aware that this book is loved by many, so maybe the lack of connection is just me. But I don't think so.
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